By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria- Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle on Wednesday vowed to flush out remaining criminal elements threatening the prevailing peace achieved as a result of the peace and reconciliation he initiated last year.
The Governor’s resolve is part of the fallout of the North-West geopolitical zond collaborative security efforts meeting he attended alongside his colleagues, from the zone held in Kaduna.
The meeting reviewed all what have been done and the next steps to be taken by the Governors of the zone together with all the Security chiefs in order to protect lives and property of their people.
The meeting lauded the efforts of all the State governors in addressing the issues of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling that bedeviled the zone over a long period of time.
Fielding questions from Journalists shortly after the meeting, Matawalle vowed to flush all the remaining criminal elements in Zamfara State and its environs as his administration will not accept any breach of the prevailing peace in the State.
He further stated that alot has been achieved within the period of his leadership as a result of the peace process initiated by his government.
He called on those who are yet to embrace the peace process to hasten, warning that his government will soon take full military action against them.
The Governor also commended the Security agencies for their support and cooperation in the fight against banditry, kidnappings and cattle rustling in Zamfara State and neighbouring states, and urged them to intensify efforts to rid the region of the menace as new measures have been put in place.
Reading the communique of the meeting earlier, the Forum’s Chairman, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said the zone will establish a joint security operations in order to stem the incidence of armed bandits relocating to neighbouring states with a view to having a peaceful zone and a united Nigeria.
Masari said the North-West Governors and those of Niger and Kwara States have agreed to finance the joint security operations in order to bring an end to the security situation in the zone.
He said the collaborative Security efforts started in 2016 and a remarkable success has been achieved.
The meeting was attended by Governors of Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi,Sokoto and Zamfara ,while Kano Governor was represented by his Deputy.
Others include Commander Operations Safe Haven, Jos Major General A.C.Agundu,GOC 1 Division, Kaduna, Major General Faruk Yahaya, Commissioners of Police of the eight States and many senior security officers serving in the region.
The Zamfara State Governor was accompanied to the meeting by the State Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe and his Principal Private Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Jaafar Maradun among others.